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WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?

"giants", and Moffatt's translation says `Nephilim giants'. (Genesis 6 :4 ; Numbers 13 :33) How did these come into existence in Noah's days? By marriage of these "sons of God" with the beautiful daughters of mankind . "The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair ; and they took them wives of all that they chose . And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh : yet shall his days [till the flood] be a hundred and twenty years . The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them : the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown ."-Genesis 6 :2-4, AS. i8 Such marriage resulted in Nephilim or giant fellers because those "sons of God" were not men descended from the fallen Adam. Adam by sinning had ceased to be a "son of God" . It was not till Jesus Christ came more than twenty-three centuries after the Flood that men received the opportunity to become the "sons of God" again . (Luke 3 :38 ; John 1 :12 ; 1 John 3 :1) So those on earth in Noah's day must have been some of the angelic "sons of God" that had witnessed the creation of our earth and shouted for joy over it. (Job 38 :7) In fact, the Alexandrine manuscript of the Greek Septuagint translation of Genesis says "angels" instead of "sons of God" . It is doubtless for this reason that Moffatt's translation reads : "The angels noticed that the daughters of men is. Who must those sons of God have been, and why so?

What Has Religion Done for Mankind?  

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